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hearing today. >> the last two items, at the end of october i am due to present the interdepartment report on what the different departments that i am working with will do for the agenda and that is something that i would like to work privately or publicly with your office to get your views on if we are on the right track. not a legislative but a leadership oversight because you are in the issues as well. but the second thing that is more concrete is the issue, and we are late in the process to think about these things, but the working group has looked very intentionally at the transient tax and the ways that you might link it to the revenue generating activities for these franchised communities and this is something that the supervisors and the partnership, >> and that will be explored and developed. >> correct. >> thank you.
>> i think that we are all looking for things that we can do and obviously the mayor's office proposes a budget and while this year in the budget that we just passed we were able to implement, and effect 20 million dollars of the budget that is 20 million out of 8.6, billion, and so, the mayor essentially effectively his decisions which we agreeded on, dictated 99.8 percent of that budget and, so, certainly this has to be a multty branch conversation and what we do to move forward and i do hope that we don't have to wait a full year and that there are conversation tas we could have now, and i have been apprised of these ideas, around it, and i think that it is an interesting idea and we have seen them work in a number of different contexts and not just in technology and but in healthcare and fashion, and if the idea that we can think about this in the tourism context, and i am interested to
get if it. and i want to make a couple of comments, urged the legislative item that you have, you talk about revisiting proposition 209, and let me say a few things about that. i think that many of us, and i would say that it was a travesty and set back on the supervisor's perspective by decades. and as i mentioned before i worked for an organization, that is frankly california we lost in 1996 we lost at a state level and i think that there is no one in this room that does not understand that this is not something that we can impact. and we have to go back to the voters and reverse this on a state wide level and that being said, i think that there are things that we can focus on here, and what we do in staoet and adapted the local contracting rules after proposition 209 to be in compliance with now the state law, and to impact or local business enterprises and i
think that there are some and i include myself among them that think that our local rules need to be changed because we have not made the headway that we have asked for and in fact, i am working with our city administrator, kelley as well as many divorce businesses including the businesses from the african american chamber to consider the reforms so that we can figure out how to get more of the city dollars to the local and diverse and i think that is a conversation that we need to push and let the colleagues know that we are working on a draft that will be involved in the conversation in the coming months about this, and also want to mention, around cross neighborhood tourism opportunities is again, how do we, geographically go from the job standpoint, link the north east neighborhoods with other neighborhoods in the city? whether they have be in the south east, and supervisor cohen's district or in supervisor breed's district, or others, and i will just mention another project that i am working on that i do hope that we can get the city wide
support on is the idea of extending the central subway not just to end in china town but to extend to fisherman's wharf of connecting the bay view to 16 million tourisms and the fisherman's wharf area and that is where we will see synergy and how it will be easy to get the folks in and around the city and i want to thank the colleagues to supporting the grant in that and i think that the longer term that is a conversation that i would like to see because if we can do that, that really opens up the entire bay area, but particularly our neighborhoods that have not had us easy access to all of those tourism dollars that are dumped into the north east and figure out how to get nem to the parts of the city. >> thank you. >> thanks. >> okay. >> i just want to speak to a couple of points. the level of organization that it took to get to where we are today we were not able to get
it done before the budget cycle and we are aggressive because we recognize that there are some recommendations that do have and do require a budgetary act. and mr. jordan, alluded to many of them in his remarks. and i am hopeful, that next budget season, we will be able to have a little bit more of a con size and thoughtful budgetary session that we can advocate and allocate dollars. from a budget or a policy perspective and the number one budget that this body produces, is the budget, itself. so, as a representative of the mayor's office we certainly have talked about this, and about the commitment and we also acknowledged that there have been several reports made about the status of the african community here in san francisco. and the way that i see it is that we have already identified the problems, now it is about figuring out the ways ta implement many of these recommendations that have come
forth from documents such as the unfinished agenda, and there is very little that has changed from the 80s from the late 90s and to where we are here today and so from my perspective and i am going to go out on the limit and thank supervisor breed and i are pretty much on the same page and that we see our role as implementing, pushing forward these recommendations, and the this particular sector, is just a sector that was part of the recommendation that just happened to be moved first, and to be moving forward. from a state wide perspective in terms of repealing or reorganizing 209 i am happy to continue to have that conversation, but i think that what we need are quick winds and successes here on the ground and so i have a couple of questions that i want to put forward to first, to sf travel. and john, as you come up to the microphone, thank you, mr. miller. >> thank you. >> my specific question to you, is how, how are african
american businesses highlighted? and advertised in comparison, to the other similarity, situated businesses? >> and well, with the question and i don't have the exact numbers, but what i need to do, and is that the san francisco travel association is a mutual benefit association. and what that means, is that we in order for us to be able to highlight or to promote them and they have to be a member and that is the requirement under the irs laws and so we cannot be stow a benefit to someone who is not a member in order to combat, and to be getting reaive is that we do have a member of what we call the partnership grant. and that came to a scholarship in which we go out to the neighborhoods there are ten a year and really what this has allowed us to basically get the free membership and we have a mentor, both in these, and the staff member of this
association, and someone who is already a member. to help and sort of like, and the results and that will be, and nothing happens. we have one of those, and here today, and archbishop op king from his church. and we have john, coal train from the church and also the co-chair of our work group, committee, but that, okay, any way that is... and we have done that and we do, if there is a city designated cultural facility such as the one that supervisor breed used to head up, we can put those on and there are certain historical sites that we could use as well. and they are best, and that church is just one example of something that we can promote and so that is what our effort that is trying to pursue and perfecting the tourism to the neighborhoods and we cannot
promote it in is of itself, we can create the finishing designation and working with the fillmore leadership, business that we would love to and work with the merchant's association there, and we are working with the merchant's associations in a number of different areas, to help, create them and to show them how to promote the neighborhood as a whole and what were some of the efforts that we are trying to pursue. >> all right. are you able to give me some i guess, i guess, so you ultimately you are saying that you have to be a member of the organization, and the next question is what kind of recruitment or advertisement or how do you let people know that hey, the membership organizations please, come and join us. >> we go into, well, first of all when we hear of the leads, and we have a whole staff, that basically is paid to do that and they go and reach out to any business that they see that
falls within their area. so, it bohooves them to reach out and on top of that, now, we do, again, look to the leadership of each neighborhood and so your neighborhood merchant associations and so we go out into those, neighborhoods and in the twofold, and again, how the working with them to help to create their neighborhood as a destination but then, also, in that, to let them know about the benefits that they can receive, by being a member of san francisco, travel association. >> got it. >> so up until recently, we have connected you to the merchant of the bay view merchant's association that is what i know? >> i am sorry, up until recently, you have been connected. >> exactly. >> so let me say this because
you alluded to having the staff and i assume that you have had the staff and i will just want to express my concern that you have had the staff and there is no relationship prior to this movement, to establish that relationship. and so i am asking you, as the head of the or the head. >> yeah. >> and to, really pay attention, and to really for the public, strong now and the public record but we are going to be looking to you to make sure that we are forging those relationships and more importantly once they are established to nurture them and take care of them and there is a lot of effort and so you can consider me a partner and i am happy to extend my hand to help. continue to force it, and partnership, and to a leadership that is part of the merchant's association. and we need to make sure that a lot of our businesses are part of the sf travel, and they are a member and so that we can begin to promote and push this forward. i have a question, also, what percentage of sf travel, comes
from public dollars? >> (inaudible). >> so just, so that i am clear, the city and county of san francisco does not fund. >> we dpo not receive any from the tax, and we do have, the tourism and improvement district, that is similar to a cbd or a bib and so it is assessed on a self-assessment, that is voted on by the hotel community. and they contribute to san francisco travel, but we do not receive any or we do have a contract, that those goes out to bid with san francisco international airport, and that is a contractual agreement, to help promote san francisco international airport to the rest of the world and get a lift from the international destinations. and that is the only city dollars that we will receive. >> and so, really my final statement that i want to impress upon you is that when you are creating your marketing materials and you are talking we need to make sure that it is
ethickly diverse, that every ethnicity is represented in the picture or the statement, and i am not sure how your materials are all assembled but that is really critical and one of the ways that i think would also be helpful is there is diversity brought on your staff and i don't know that your staff. speaking out of turn, i want to say that i am happy to help you, identify talented members, particularly in the african american community in a position should become available when you have someone on the staff you have a different lens and you have a different voice that you are speaking through. and staff meetings. and internal discussions that may be missed and you as a man of color, can certainly and i can identify what i am trying to articulate here. >> i am a gay man of color. >> so, speaking of that, i do have one more thing about the sf, a specific section that
calls ought for gay travel, do you think that it would be designated sections for the other protected classes. >> that i think is a great question and we are pursuing it and in addition, so the diversity advisory council that we discussed that is one step, but also we have seven areas of focus in our marketing. and one of, and it is the destination as a whole, and the foodies, and the assisting the abilities and the different ways of attracting them and there is the lgbt and also, now, we are evolving and with one of our new, focus areas, directly in those 7 is the diversity and so that will be part of the charge and the mission, and so, that is what our goal is, with both them and also with the guidance of the diversity advisory council. >> thank you very much and i appreciate your time. >> before we step forward.
>> sorry. >> i wanted a little bit more funding about the funding, you do not receive any grants or any funding for sf travel? >> outside of what i mentioned, the contract with sfo, no, all tf comes from the tid. >> okay. >> and the membership dues. >> okay, and no grants, and no any of that, and funding? >> well, we do have a staff member, that is funded by it is sort of the issue for us and she reports to kerri at the grants for the arts and so she is a partner. but, >> she respects to sf travel. >> well, she works with us, in partnership with us and so there is that relationship, with her, that salary, is and she report to kerri, at the grants for the arts. >> okay. >> and we do not. >> and you are saying that there is none, i just wanted to make sure that it is clear that there is some in the public
dollars, and sf travel. >> if you, and that would be the one that i, and i apologize, and i have forgotten about that and there are no program mat dollars. >> can you explain the airport. >> there is a contract that the airport sends out to rfp that goes to help to promote the san francisco, international airport to the rest of the world and may need the goal of that, is to, help, give lift, for the air service from the international destinations in san francisco and in the national airport and we the san francisco travel fund a number of offices and 12 or 13 countries throughout the world. and where we promote, and with those relationships and sfo has the contract with us, to help
go out and pursue, air service, from international destinations? san francisco. and that contract is, you know, it goes to the regular, city process. >> and for the effort. >> and do you know what the dollar about is? >> i can get that for you. >> okay. >> thank you. >> okay >> and we are having an expansion, beginning in the planning and so i am going to have to appreciate. and kefp carroll and so i have the questions about how you are avoiding the contracts for catering for parking, for janitorial and for concessions and event planning and etc., i know that it is a pretty broad spectrum here, but which is why it is important that we hear this answer. so, again, how do you award these types of contractses and then the second follow up, is, is there existing equity based model? >> for a contract? >> yeah.
>> so, just i represent the hotel council of san francisco. >> okay. >> we don't make contracts or provide contracts or negotiate contracts for the hotel industry. >> okay. >> but the hotels handle that themselves and we don't even influence, or get involved with our contract negotiations. so, i can't speak on how they do that. and as part of it, i can definitely send out more information on it if you like on it. as far as equity i know that they work with the organizations and purchasing organizations that have equity standards built into them and i can get the information built into that. and there is organizations, and up hold the pooling and purchases in the concern market and in that they have the economickty programs for it and they don't have it for you now. >> okay. >> that is all of the questions that you have for you. colleagues do you have any questions. >> okay tu. very much. >> i am also going up to the hearing on the expansion because it is going to bring more jobs and i want to make sure that we get our opinions up there as well. >> if you see a local two
representative up there, let them know that their presence was missed. >> all right. >> just have conclusions remarks to make, >> yeah, we can open up for public comment. >> we want to open this item up po public comment, is there any member of the public that would like to make the public comment, stand to the left side, of my hand, and your right. and line up, two minutes each, and come on up first speaker. >> hi, my name is kegt en, and i am with the san francisco and also a member of the african american chamber of commerce and i imagine that you set aside at least ten or 20 million dollars or more, for fillmore to help the remaining and the businesses, and churches, coltrain and my church, and the historical
churches. but what they need for the repairs and the people come it the tourists come to those places and as a city, deals with the main library, the old main library, we would like to have that fun with the old substation. and the chamber, is in the feesbility of adding to it, and the three stories to that. and making that muni substation a tourist attraction by the design and earthquake proofing and the material used. in it and also, we are interested in revitalizing, or remodeling the buffalo soldiers
museum and library that is in the city of san francisco. and that was started by ulysis moore who died recently. >> also, i would like to interest in it and we are interested in enhancing the small theater in the ocean's building. that these curtain and we will start to broadcast the tv programs out of there. >> thank you. >> next speaker please? >> professor david jones, and chair of hospitality management of the university of san francisco and i served as one of the subcommittee co-chairs on this working group and the job readiness training in the educational opportunities, areas which is a very broad stroke for everything from high school, and programs and vocational and community college up to the community level and the efforts that have
happened as a result of this i think, are starting to make some impact at that level, especially to oewd and the communication of the entry level aspect but my key from the university perspective is that as a us state and sf and we have 130 students, and 60 percent of our students are minorities and with have two african americans, and in san francisco, state is in the same kind of situation. and so, we need support of these programs at high school and youth, and level, and in order, to make sure that the opportunities for the cedar city are aware of these young people are aware of the careers there, and not just the jobs and the aspect of it but the careers and the potential for them, and later on if they started in the industry, at a entry level, to the university level because we don't have the management at the in the nigh norty area and in the under served communities is not here and it is not coming through the universities as a result of
it and that is an issue obviously for two years when i was at san francisco state and so i encourage you to keep that mind open on the funds from the tot, to support these entry level programs that you will eventually lead them to the university area and i will say one thing is that we are proud to say that our president of our alumni association, walton, is not only an hm graduate, but he is also an african american and so we do see success out there from those graduates and we want to see more of them. >> thank you. >> could i ask you a follow up question for your perspective and i think that is pretty eye opening. what specifically do you think that the city could do to change that situation as a matter of working with the san francisco school district, or matter with the city college and the sf state to change that up? >> so, i think that it comes with all levels and i think that if you, if you started at the high school level and the youth enrichment programs and like a pri and others, it is, and they or the students at
that level, or especially in the under served communities like the bay view hunter's point yeah and how the opportunities are in the community and learn that they create the jobs and has the opportunity that it has in san francisco, and i think that opens their eyes to future potential. >> and one of the thing that i will mention is that there have been a lot of concerns about the challenges of african american students and residents from the bay view being able to get jobs in the tech community and we asked the trade association representing the technology companies in san francisco, to work with the boys and girls club particularly in the bay view, and in the fillmore and in the other under served neighborhood $to be sure that everyone no wants a mentor ship and a young boy or a girl and we received a commitment from the trade association representing the tech community that we will get one and i wonder if there is a similar situation that we could figure out again for the
tourism. >> the university level, we have a check for the society of minorities. and these organizations, and on the national level that was organized by the african americans at cornell it is all minorities today and i think that the growth of those organizations and the ability for those students to interact in that area and in fact i spoke to the caa earlier this week, and mentor and helping our students mentor in the chinese community with some of those potential entry levels woo the job market and i think that the students can be an'ss set in that way. >> thank you. >> and we are about to hear from apri. >> and good afternoon my name is jackie flinn and i am the executive director of the institute of san francisco and i was asked to par participate because of the work that i do have with the youth and the young adults as well as the workforce in the bay view and our common thread, for the
reason why we are all able to come together is because really, we are all investing in san francisco families, and i am the mother of the fathers and the children, and i invest the time to create a better environment in san francisco, and so i am definitely proud to be a member of the leaders, and a plan developed by so many of us to really build a stronger community and get folks into the hospitality industry. we are looking at investing in the current workforce system, utilizing oewd and a lot of the models that do work and applied it to what we were hoping to see in the hospitality industry, and along with that, there includes a stronger partnership, and the hotel council and the hotel, hr staff in to be able to enter face with these young folks and these are the ways that we think that we can get introduced to the hospitality
industry and to young people and we are very surprised with the response that we got from the hotel and i received a call from the marriott again, last week asking for the young folks to be referred to the internship program and so we do have to start somewhere, and i just want to close with the day before yesterday, our tentative funeral for a young man, and he had a lot of potential and we met three years ago when he came into the apri and for the ged and and what i learned from him is also a chocolatetier and he has no resources, and prior to this item, we were hearing the penalties or the fees for working with the inmates and when we first did it out the resources are limited and often i see them go back and i want to see that change on here because i am investing in his future and i want to see that legacy go on. thank you. >> thank you.
>> next speaker, please? >> i am privileged to chair the business development and technical assistance for this group. and we talked about and we were hoping that the board of supervisors can do and they just specifically, as you mentioned earlier, is that when we have a line item in the budget, that would allow the city to proactively support on the budget and the process. and incubate or and that is a crap shoot. and you know, your san francisco, travel, could no have existed without this body and actually bringing it into the existence, by the line
items, and you will find that this chamber and the board of supervisors that created, the process that funded a lot of the modern day san francisco travel as we know it. the san francisco travel, go back to the 20s, and the 1920s and but, the body that you have today, and got a lot of the funding, from your legislative action, and thank goodness you don't need that dollars from the public any more, what we say is the same thing, and we have the same play book when you look and you are give us a line item to create african americans, and all of the minorities, and this is not only support the industry, but also promote the culture and heritage here. and we actually create an institution that can break the back of poverty, and a lot of families, and it is not a hand out, and it is the way to view the communities that are strong
and effective in erraticating poverty and hire more people to create an environment where you can see, that this say model, that the rest of the nation can use. >> thank you. >> if i could just make one comment about this. this is a very interesting idea, not one that i was aware of as we were going through the budget process and i do know that there is 3 million dollar, sort of ask of the budget attached to this which is the significant ask around a new program, but one thing that i would like to just suggest is that there are conversations about what we can do between now and next year to think about a proof of concept and an investment that may not go from zero to three million and an idea for us to understand, exactly what we are talking about, and if there are things that we can do in partnership with the hotel council or sf travel to really understand what we are talking about. i think that it, and i am willing to engage in that conversation, and do